Our expert lawyers are experienced in supporting individuals in bringing a claim against medical professionals for sexual misconduct. This can include sexually motivated or suggestive behaviour, intimate or inappropriate body contact, unnecessary extended examinations, inappropriate breast or internal examinations, failure to obtain consent before carrying out a physical examination and inappropriate relationships with vulnerable patients.
What do you need to do if you want to make a claim relating to sexual misconduct?
We understand that sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals are rare, but when they do occur, victims can be left feeling helpless and scared to speak up. It can be difficult coming to terms with abuse and such a breach of trust, but we can help. We will help you rebuild your life and confidence, and together, ensure that no one else becomes a victim.
If you need answers, we can help you with writing a formal letter of complaint to the trust, to find out what went wrong. Then we will investigate your claim further and negotiate a settlement figure to compensate you for your losses and injuries.
Need to know: Understanding the regulatory system
Each year, a handful of doctors are reported and charged by the police with physical or indecent assault. Similarly, the regulatory bodies (for example, General Medical Council (GMC) and Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)) will consider sexually motivated conduct towards patients and, as a result, the practitioner’s investigate ‘fitness to practice’.
Patients have the right to discuss personal and private issues with their doctor or nurse openly, without feeling at risk of unwarranted or unreciprocated sexual advances.
GMC guidance states that patients should be offered a chaperone for intimate examinations and patients are entitled to request one. This is to protect both the medical professional and the patient, ensuring respect and boundaries are upheld at all times.